Potties: Making the Bathroom Comfortable

Potties: Making the Bathroom Comfortable

Initially, the bathroom may have seemed like a very forbidding place to your child. They might have noticed that the door to this room stays closed most of the time, and that you close the door after you when you go in. In all likelihood, they'd grown accustomed to being changed in the bedroom, meaning that they didn't even associate the bathroom with having bowel movements.

Children respond well to stability and routine, so the inherent unfamiliarity of the bathroom is a huge potential impediment to their potty training progress.

To alleviate this, try and make the bathroom as familiar a place as possible. Make sure you stay with them during practice sits, and during this time, engage them by reading to them or allowing them a favorite toy to play with.

Give them limited options in some aspects of this, like asking them to pick from a selection of books, or decide whether to practice sit before or after they bathe. This will help prevent the rebel syndrome we've talked about in Potty Training Resistance, and probably allow your child to feel more comfortable in control of his own toileting habits later.

The final step is selecting a potty chair or potty seat for your child. This isn't a highly exacting process, but there are a couple of pitfalls to avoid.Make sure you select something comfortable, with no sharp edges to pinch your toddler's thighs.

Also, it's critical to ensure that the seat feels secure and doesn't move, as unstable seats can cause your child to become frightened and tense, which will make bowel movements more difficult, rather than easier.

The big difference between potty seats and potty chairs is the tradeoff between convenience and portability. With a potty seat, you're enabling convenience in the sense that you won't have to empty it out and clean it the way you'll need to clean a potty chair.

However, for the one day method and general potty training, the potty chair may be a better option, as it allows your child to worry less about interrupting the flow of their activities to use the toilet, and also enables you to be with them during the process, regardless of where you are.

Parental involvement is highly beneficial to potty training, and the potty chair will enable you to stay active around the house without giving up your ability to be present when they're doing their practice sits.

See our selection of potty chairs and potty seats for some great options!

Need more potty training tips and advice on potty training problems or just general advice, check out all of our Potty Training Articles!

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